Author Archive: Karen Batra

Karen Batra

Karen Batra is Director of Food & Agriculture Communications, and has worked for BIO since 2008.   Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Karen has worked for four major national trade associations specializing in communications and media relations, most recently at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

What Karen likes best about BIO, aside from her uber-talented colleagues, is working to promote a technology that truly helps to heal, feed and fuel the world.  In the food & ag sector, we aim to help farmers do what they do best – grow the most abundant, most affordable and safest food supply in the world.

Karen’s favorite biotech food is papaya, and her favorite genetically engineered animal is the spidey-goat.  Karen also has two Glofish, Redfish and Bluefish, who live with their non-biotech cousin, Peachy the Snail.

Latest Posts

After Lengthy Delay, Science Prevails: FDA Approves GE Salmon

The animal biotechnology industry received some exiting [but long-overdue] news late last week when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage® Salmon for sale in the United States, the first time a GE animal has been approved for food. The fish, developed by Massachusetts-based biotech firm and BIO member AquaBounty Technologies, is just like other Atlantic salmon, but grows to normal size twice as fast as regular salmon, making the fish Read More >

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Could the SmartLabel Fix the Food Labeling Fight?

Hershey SmartLabel

Food trade journal Sustainable Brands reported on the new SmartLabel introduced by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to help meet the public’s desire for more information about food and other products.  Hershey is the first brand to adopt it. Starting in 2016, you’ll see branded products with a smartphone-readable QR code printed on the packaging that will link consumers to websites containing far more information than could ever fit on a product’s packaging — consumers will Read More >

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Senate Hearing Stresses Confidence in the Safety, Regulation of GMOs

As the debate over GMO food labeling and the use of biotechnology in agriculture has evolved, the Senate Committee on Agriculture hosted a hearing today, “Agriculture Biotechnology: A Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives,” to hear perspectives from agency officials, food producers and consumer groups.  Committee members also asked witnesses their perspectives on whether or not GMO foods should require labels.  Committee members emphasized the need for science-based policies and the witness testimonies mostly Read More >

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EU States Opt-Out of Innovation


A number of international media outlets are reporting on EU member states choosing to opt-out of GMO cultivation.  Using a law signed in March giving countries the right to seek exclusion from any approval request for GMO crop cultivation – even if strains have been approved at EU level – 19 out of 28 EU member states are choosing to ban GMO crops, reports Reuters. Although widely grown in the Americas and Asia, opposition is Read More >

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Why State Food Labeling Mandates Are Bad For Consumers and Farmers

Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

Hundreds of food and agri-business representatives are in Washington this week visiting with members of the Senate to talk about biotechnology, GMOs, and food labels.  Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, explains in The Hill why the Senate needs to act soon to pass a federal GMO food labeling bill: There is a growing anxiety among American farmers, manufacturers and shoppers about confusing and expensive changes coming soon to store shelves unless Read More >

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